Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Mechanical

Qualification code: BTMEE
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 62323
APS/AS: 50
Purpose statement:
Persons achieving this qualification should be able to independently integrate mechanical engineering principles and specialist knowledge, apply these to determine appropriate ways of approaching activities and establish and use criteria to judge processes and outcomes. This qualification is intended for engineering practitioners in the industry. A qualified person with sufficient experience will be able to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a Professional Technologist in this field of Engineering.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.


How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
EDP401M - Engineering Design Project IV
Group B. Choose any three of the following groups (B, C, D, E , F )
AUC401M - Automatic Control IV Pre-requisite:MOM3602 & MOMPRB3
MOM401M - Mechanics of Machines IV Pre-requisite:MOM3602 & MOMPRB3
Group C.
SOM401M - Strength of Materials IV Pre-requisite:SOM3602 & SOMPRB3
STA401M - Stress Analysis IV Pre-requisite:SOM3602 & SOMPRB3
Group D.
FMA401M - Fluid Mechanics IV Pre-requisite:FMA3602 & FMAPRB3
TMA401M - Turbo Machines IV Pre-requisite:FMA3602 & FMAPRB3
Group E.
RAC401M - Refrigeration and Air Conditioning IV Pre-requisite:THD3602 & THDPRB3
THD401M - Thermodynamics IV Pre-requisite:THD3602 & THDPRB3
Group F.
MMN101M - Maintenance Management
PRT401I - Production Technology IV